Renowned Muslim Scholar, Maulana Sajjad Nomani has sent legal notices to Media Houses alleging “Highly Defamatory” content in the video broadcasted by the news channels Portraying him as Tablighi Jamat’s Chief Maulana Saad and has demanded immediate withdrawal of defamatory videos.
The notice says that “the video has incorrectly and maliciously portrayed Maulana Nomani as Maulana Saad who is the chief of the Markaz, with a deliberate intention to malign the image of Maulana Nomani which is yet another example of oblivious and incorrect reporting.”
Further, its alleged, had the facts been examined with an independent mind, it would have been clear that Maulan Nomani was nowhere connected with the affairs and management of the Markaz.
Moreover, the video contains the images of Maulana Nomani in which Maulana Saad has been portrayed as the organizer of the Markaz event. By doing so Maulana Nomani has alleged that “he has been portrayed as the villain of the entire incident which might or might not have transpired at the Markaz.”
The notice further alleges the media houses of having conspired together for the commission of offences punishable under
- Section 153A IPC-Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.
- Section 120-B IPC-Criminal Conspiracy
- Section 34 IPC-Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention
Maulana Nomani has claimed damages of Ten Crore Rupees for commission of Criminal Defamation under section 499 of IPC and also an unconditional apology in writing.
Maulana Khalilur Rahman Sajjad Nomani is a renowned Muslim Scholar and a former spokesperson and member of the working Committee of All India Muslim Personal Law Board.
-India Legal Bureau